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Main Branch

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cossitt Branch

Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 3 – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m.

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Both libraries will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 for News Years Day.

Programs for Adults and Teens

To register for any program call 860-844-5275 or email For more program information visit the library homepage at and click on Program Calendar of Events. Programs will be cancelled if there is no school in Granby due to bad weather.

Book Discussions

Copies of featured books are available to borrow from the library. Reserve your copy today.

Something About the Author: Monday, Dec. 3, 1:30 p.m. Main Branch. The group will discuss the author Siri Hustvedt. Monday, Jan. 7, 1:30 p.m. Main Branch. The group will discuss the author Ruth Ozeki.

Around the World: Monday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. Main Branch. Tibet is the chosen country; the group will discuss The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison. Monday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. Main Branch. Afghanistan is the chosen country; the group will discuss Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg.

Sci Fi / Fantasy: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m. Main Branch. The group will discuss Annihilation (Book 1 of The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff Vandermeer. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Main Branch. The group will discuss Walkaway by Cory Doctorow.

Un-Book Club: Ongoing (December and January) Main Branch. In this low-key anti-club, patrons are invited to read and submit their comments/discussion on the current selection, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.


Fantastic Finishes, with ceramics artist Tim Scull: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Main Branch. Nationally renowned ceramics artist Tim Scull offers a hands-on opportunity to explore his unique art. Learn more about creating raku, saggar and sawdust fired vessels in a one-of-a-kind Naborigama kiln. View and touch dozens of beautifully crafted pieces during an interactive discussion. The artist returns Jan. 22 with his potter’s wheel for a live demonstration of ‘throwing’ techniques—see listing below. Registration recommended.

Windy Hill Guitar Ensemble: Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Main Branch. Enjoy a performance of Renaissance, Baroque and Celtic folk music by a talented group of classical guitar students. The multi-generational ensemble is directed by Laura Mazza-Dixon, Windy Hill Guitar Studio. All ages are welcome to relax and bask in the beautiful sounds of these instrumental arrangements. Registration recommended.

You Can Uke Group: Mondays, Dec. 10, and Jan. 14, 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Main Branch. Ukulele players continue strumming and learning with instructor Jim Lenn. It’s all good fun! Register in advance.

Writers Group: Tuesdays, Dec. 11, and Jan. 8, 22, 6–7:45 p.m. Cossitt Branch, Upper Level. Writers of all genres are welcome to join this friendly group. Writing sprints, critiques, and other activities are offered throughout the year. The group is currently working with author Michelle Herman’s collection of character development exercises found in her book Now Write. Registration recommended.

DIY Holiday Gift Tags: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6–7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch, and Thursday, Dec. 13, 6–7:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch, Upper Level. Make your own holiday gift tags with a wide assortment of papers, embellishments, ribbons and more. There is no fee and all materials are provided in this DIY workshop. Adults, teens and tweens are encouraged to attend. It’s a fun family activity for parents willing to guide and supervise younger, school-age children. Registration recommended.

Author Talk with Mike Reiss: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2–3 p.m. Main Branch. Celebrate the 30th season of the television show The Simpsons by meeting Mike Reiss, author of Springfield Confidential and writer for The Simpsons since its very first show. Reiss, a native of Bristol, Conn., is a crowd pleaser wherever he speaks. Don’t miss his humorous presentation packed with plenty of Simpsons’ trivia. Books will be available after the talk for purchase and signing by the author. Registration highly recommended.

Book Spine Poetry, a program in the Better Living series: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 17) Main Branch. Looking for a way to let out your inner poet? Try this fun workshop with Beverly Army-Williams, a talented author and Westfield State University creative writing instructor. There is no right or wrong way to string together book titles from the shelves of the library. The results may surprise and inspire you! Registration recommended.

Playing For Pizza: Saturday, Jan. 19, 3–4:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 26) Cossitt Branch. Are you ready for a bit of friendly competition? All ages are invited to share a slice of Sotelo’s pizza and a round or two of a favorite board game. Choose from dozens of games at the library or bring your own. Registration recommended.

Live Clay Works Demonstration, a program in the Better Living series: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1:30–3 p.m. (snow date Jan. 24) Main Branch. Watch nationally recognized ceramics artist Tim Scull throw clay and create a vessel on a potter’s wheel. Learn more about this ancient art form when Scull demonstrates the process of forming clay vessels. Finished works will also be available to view and touch. Registration recommended.

Aromatherapy, a program in the Better Living series: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1:30–2:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 31) Main Branch. Savor the fresh aromatic blends of essential oils and learn more about their use for therapeutic purposes. Sara Thornton, clinical herbalist and proprietor of Ravenswood Natural Health, offers a better way to enjoy your afternoon and banish the winter blahs! Registration recommended.

Knitting With Amy, a program in the Crafters Café series: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 6) Main Branch. Adults, teens and tweens are invited to learn the knit stitch, how to cast on and bind off, and other beginning-knitting skills. Take home a sample of your work to use and enjoy! Purchase a Learn to Knit kit ($10) from the instructor or bring your own #7 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn. Families and youth groups are welcome to attend. Registration recommended.

Chess Group: Thursdays, Dec. 6 and Jan. 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Cossitt Branch, Upper Level. Interested in a game of chess? Join this newly formed group as they play the most popular game in the world. Registration recommended.

Programs for Children and Families

Please call 860-844-5284 for more information or to register. Programs will be cancelled if there is no school in Granby due to bad weather.

Write a Letter to the North Pole: Nov. 26– Dec. 20. Main Branch. Write a letter and mail it in our special mail box. We’ll make sure Santa gets it in time! All materials provided.

Craft Days at Cossitt Library: Dec. 1, 4, 6, and 8 and Jan. 5, 8, 10 and 12. Cossitt Branch, Lower Level. Stop by the Children’s Room at Cossitt and make a Santa gnome ornament in December and a penguin doorknob hanger in January. All materials provided.

Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 and Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30–11 a.m. Main Branch. Preschoolers with a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. No registration required. (No Dec. 25 or Jan. 1)

Wee Ones: Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10:30–11 a.m. Main Branch. Board books, finger plays, songs and gentle movement for children from birth to age 2 with a caregiver. No registration required.

Play Time: Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Main Branch. Drop by for unstructured play with toys, trains, puzzles and more for toddlers with caregivers.

Family Movie Night: Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, beginning at 6 p.m. Main Branch. Bring the family and enjoy a movie; we’ll supply the popcorn! Call for film titles. No registration needed, just drop in. All ages.

Family Movie Matinee: Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 27 beginning at 1 p.m. Main Branch. Take a break from the holiday stress and relax with a family-friendly movie and some popcorn. Film titles will be posted two weeks in advance. No registration needed. All ages.

We Love LEGOs: Friday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Main Branch. We have LEGOs and Duplos for you to play with. Come be creative! No need to register.

Craft Week: Monday – Saturday, Jan. 14–19. Main Branch. Drop in anytime during the week and create a fun project to take home. All materials supplied.

ZUMBA: Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. Main Branch. Move it to music with instructor Amy Thompson. Join us for a fun-filled session for kids ages 5–11. Preregistration is required, as space is limited to 12 participants.